A National Database on Coastal Dunes: Emilia-Romagna and Southern Veneto Littorals (Italy)

  • Umberto SimeoniEmail author
  • Edi Valpreda
  • Corinne Corbau
Part of the Coastal Systems and Continental Margins book series (CSCM, volume 13)


This chapter describes the role of the coastal dunes in the context of coastal erosion and presents the possibility of making complex analyses on coastal dunes presence and state using a geodatabase, developed within a national research program. Data and parameters, such as littoral uses, defenses and coastal dune features, have been organized in the same geodatabase structure. This national homogeneous approach makes this project unique for Southern Mediterranean coasts. Applying this approach to data gathered from the Emilia-Romagna and Southern Veneto regions highlighted the complex analyses possibilities and their implication for coastal management and monitoring.


Foredunes Beach erosion Northern adriatic GIS Metadata 



We thank Ing. G. Onorato and Dr. S. Costabile from Italian Ministry of Environment and Territory for supplied the Project. Prof. G. Fierro, Project national coordinator, sustaining our work. Dr. A. Zamariolo, C. Schiavi and N. Bonora for field surveys. All colleagues from other Project Operative Units collaborating to data model content setting up.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversità di FerraraFerraraItaly
  2. 2.Environment DepartmentENEA National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the EnvironmentBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversità degli Studi di FerraraFerraraItaly

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